Christian Living
The Spirit of Wisdom
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Apr 23, 2018

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Solomon says that wisdom will give us power for living. "Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful than ten rulers in a city" (Ecclesiastes 7:19). We are going to face temptation, manipulation, seduction and deception—from Satan as well as from others. We can expect to face all of that in life. But godly wisdom will give us power to discern Satan's traps. It will give us power to overcome temptations and defeat the devil. It will give us power to avoid the entrapments of this world. And it will give us power to walk in His righteousness alone.

"Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful than ten rulers in a city." – Ecclesiastes 7:19

Solomon determined that wisdom is valuable, something worth seeking: "All this I tested by wisdom and I said, ‘I am determined to be wise'—but this was beyond me. Whatever exists is far off and most profound—who can discover it?" (Ecclesiastes 7:23-24).

How do we get godly wisdom? We receive it when the Holy Spirit of God indwells us. (The Holy Spirit has many names, and the Spirit of Wisdom is foremost among them.) And after that, we must continually, daily, be filled with the Spirit of God. How? By setting our hearts on the things that are above (see Colossians 3:1-2), by seeking the Kingdom of God (see Matthew 6:33), and by tasting the goodness of the Lord (see Psalm 34:8). We do these things by reading and studying Scripture, praying and worshiping our Mighty God, and receiving counsel from godly teachers.

And, ultimately, the beginning of godly wisdom is your declaration that Jesus is Lord of your life and the Savior of your soul.

Prayer: God, You are the Lord of my life. Fill me with Your Spirit that I might instill my life with Your wisdom. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you" (James 1:5).